Collaba: Multimedia chat
Why use chat in education?
Used in this way, chat can improve students’ thinking skills and literacy skills, and help develop critical literacy.
Real-time chat service
Collaba features a real-time chat service. There are three types of chat rooms:
Chat invitations can be sent to any on-line user (Collaba includes a Who is online? module for that purpose). Invitations are received by invited participants either in real-time (if real-time connection is turned on) or the next time a page is requested from the portal.
In addition to the typical text chat, users can share web resources (pages, images, videos, animations, etc.) among chat participants thanks to a multimedia panel.
Access to chat rooms can be restricted, either permanently or dynamically by date and/or time of the day. Discussions in public chat rooms can be logged for auditing, while private discussions remain private.
Technical detailsCollaba's chat module is AJAX-based and uses Comet-style live connections. Consequently, it works perfectly well through web proxies and firewalls, and does not require Java or Flash.